• Escorted Tour

The Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

Including Angkor Wat

These fascinating countries of South East Asia have many common threads running through them.
The hotels we use are of good standard, the food is superb and the people friendly and welcoming.

The saffron of the Buddist monks, gorgeous silks and flowers, motor scooters, charming people, a recent history of war, heat and humidity and a determination to move forward.

The Kingdom of Cambodia, more than UNESCO Heritage Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake, offers an array of sleepy towns, faded colonial architecture, memorable landscapes, a chequered history and friendly people.
Vietnam - rich in history, a diverse culture, World Heritage sites, natural scenery and charming innocence, plus frenetic Ho Chi Minh City, enchanting Hoi An, colonial Hanoi, UNESCO Halong Bay and Sapa in the highlands.

Our 18th tour to the region - a popular, tried and true itinerary.

Your travel itinerary

Saturday 18 May

Auckland - Singapore

Depart Auckland on Singapore Airlines with a late evening arrival in Singapore. Overnight at the Airport Hotel.

Sunday 19 May

Singapore - Siem Reap (Cambodia)

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A morning flight to Siem Reap. After settling into the hotel and lunch at a local restaurant, we take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake (Asia’s largest inland lake) to see the way of life of the lake-dwelling people - an unexpected highlight. Welcome Dinner tonight.

Monday 20 May

Angkor Wat

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A special sunrise tour of Angkor Wat, the UNESCO site built in the 12th century and last capital of the Khmer Empire. Return to the hotel for breakfast and later to the complex that looks much the same as it would have done when the French explorers came here 140 years ago – shrouded in undergrowth with huge roots of old Banyan tress growing over and down the ruins. The Southern Gate is guarded by giant carvings of gods and demons all preserved in time. Sunset paints the temple in an orange light.

Tuesday 21 May

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

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After breakfast travel by coach through the countryside and villages to Phnom Penh. On arrival, settle into hotel for a two-night stay. Balance of day free.

Wednesday 22 May

Phnom Penh

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Morning visit to the sobering Genocide Museum and onto the ‘Killing Fields.’ En-route stop at the bustling market of Toul Tumpong – also known as the Russian Market.

Thursday 23 May

Phnom Penh – Chau Doc (Vietnam)

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After breakfast ride by rickshaw to Koh Dach Island (Home of Silk). Here the village women weave delicate silks by hand, while just down the orchard lane, monks wearing brilliant saffron-coloured robes collect morning alms. After lunch, we take the hydrofoil to Chau Doc in Vietnam. On arrival, transfer to our overnight hotel.

Friday 24 May

Chau Doc – Can Tho

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Today visit Thoai Ngoc Hau Confession and continue to Nui Sam Mountain. The easy climb to the summit is worth the effort because the views of the pancake-flat Mekong and the plain across the Cambodian border are striking. Continue by coach to Can Tho to arrive late afternoon.

Saturday 25 May

Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

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This morning take a boat trip to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. We stop to explore a rice husking mill before heading back to the hotel. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route.

Sunday 26 May

Ho Chi Minh

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A morning drive out of the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network where people lived and fought during the Vietnam War. After lunch at a river restaurant, return to the Ho Chi Minh City for a tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office.

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This popular Vespa tour with a driver, includes big streets and back streets with many stops for snacks, drinks at street restaurants and a visit to a coffee shop to experience live Vietnamese music and more. Dinner included (approx. NZD$180 pp).

 

Monday 27 May

Ho Chi Minh – Hoi An

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Free time to visit the famous Ben Thanh Market before our noon flight to Danang and after a brief local tour, drive to Hoi An via the Marble Mountains. Hoi An retains the feeling of centuries past and is a real gem. The ‘old town’ is a pedestrian and bike-only zone with a maze of shops and tailors. Our hotel is located on the edge of this very special area. An opportunity to order tailor-made clothes.

Tuesday 28 May

Hoi An

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This morning, an option to join the Cooking Class (Cost NZD70) at a local restaurant, visiting a local food market along the way for ingredients. Journey to the restaurant by boat. Lunch as you cook it.

For those not attending the cooking class, the morning is free with lunch at own expense. After lunch, an included a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Old Quarter and the fruit, vegetable and fish markets.  Remainder of the day free.

Wednesday 29 May

Hoi An

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Another early start as we head off on our Farming and Fishing Life Eco Tour. Get a personal insight into local farming communities and their methods, before a leisurely cycle tour and a river cruise.
Lunch on board using vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village. After lunch free time to wander around Hoi An and possibly collect your new tailored clothes.

Thursday 30 May

Hoi An – Danang - Hue

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Morning travel by coach along the coastal road to Hue known as the Imperial city and a former Vietnamese capital. Tour the walled citadel where former dynasties ruled and the most unique Garden House in Hue.
Enjoy a special cuisine dinner at a garden house.  

Friday 31 May

Hue - Hanoi

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After breakfast, board a dragon boat for a cruise along the famous Perfume River to the countryside.
Later transfer to the airport for a flight to the French colonial city of Hanoi for a two night stay.

Saturday 01 June

Hanoi

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Our city tour includes the Ho Chi Minh complex, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology and the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum also known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton.’ Later enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of the French inspired ‘Old Quarter.’ Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, including markets, designer boutiques and contemporary art galleries or relaxing at the hotel. Following dinner in a local restaurant, enjoy a performance of the city’s famous Water Puppets. Several other show options are available.

Sunday 02 June

Hanoi

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This morning drive to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’ – Halong Bay.
Board your boat and set sail while lunch is served. Cruise among thousands of limestone Karst formations and understand why this area is now one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature.’ Enjoy time on one of the islands, visiting the famous Bõ Nãu caves and a cooking demonstration before a wonderful seafood dinner and entertainment.

Monday 03 June

Halong Bay – Hanoi

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Enjoy breakfast on board and the morning cruise before the drive back to Hanoi. Hanoi’s history dates back a thousand years, but the French European influence is clearly seen in the elegant colonial buildings and tree-lined boulevards which contrast with the Old Quarter – a bustling area of narrow streets and home to thousands of small businesses. Free time before dinner.

Tuesday 04 June

Hanoi - Overnight Train to Sapa

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A day in the countryside exploring at leisure, two traditional villages around Hanoi featuring workshops, paintings and music.

Return to the city for lunch with the rest of the afternoon free before freshening up for dinner, before the boarding the overnight ‘Fansipan’ train at 8.30pm.  Tonight’s journey is in a comfortable sleeper train with two people per four berth cabin. 

Wednesday 05 June

Lao Cai - Sapa – Y Linh Ho Village – Sapa

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Arrive early at Lao Cai Station, only three kms from the Chinese border. Continue by coach to our Sapa hotel for breakfast and a two night stay. After breakfast visit Cat Cat village and continue through rice paddy terraced fields and areas of rain forest to the Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people. Return to Sapa early afternoon with free time before dinner.

Thursday 06 June

Sapa

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This morning a short drive toward Muong Hoa valley. Observe and experience how the locals do rice planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in their daily lives. We then take a short walk from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority. Afternoon free before dinner.

Friday 07 June

Sapa – Hanoi

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This morning free time to wander around the town and Sapa’s market. After lunch, travel by express coach back to Hanoi. Arrive late evening to our overnight hotel.

Saturday 08 June

Hanoi – Singapore

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Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for a noon flight to Singapore.
Change planes and continue on to Auckland.

Sunday 09 June

Singapore – Auckland

Arrive Auckland early morning for Economy and Business passengers or midday for Premium Economy passengers.

 *Ask us about a stopover in Singapore

Inclusions

  • Economy class flights - Auckland – Singapore – Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City – Danang / Danang – Hanoi / Hanoi - Singapore - Auckland
  • English speaking guides in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • All hotel accommodation with private facilities.
  • Meals as specified
  • All transfers and transport as outlined
  • Entrance fees and permits during guided time
  • River hydrofoil experience from Cambodia – Phnom Penh
  • Cyclo tour in Hanoi
  • Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour in Hoi An
  • All boat trips including high-speed boat Phnom Penh – Chau Doc & Halong Bay cruise (overnight)
  • Overnight train to Sapa
  • Escort subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
     $7,528  $8971

 LAND ONLY COST Deduct

(Arrive Siem Reap – depart Hanoi)

   $1,200  
Business Class Upgrade +$4,479

Premium Economy Class Upgrade (Singapore Airlines Only)      

(Different flight Singapore – Auckland)      

+$2,346
Early Booking Discount ( 01/12/2018 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Airline and Government taxes (approx. NZD130)
  • Vietnamese Visa Fee (approx. (NZD140)
  • Cambodian Visa Fee (approx. (USD30)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Optional extras – Vespa Tour (NZD180) , Cooking Class (NZD70)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person secures a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 15 March 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 15 March 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 15 March 2019 – no refund

Documentation

  • Travel insurance is compulsory – please ask us for a quote
  • A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of travel
  •  All other passports – please ask
  • A Vietnamese Visa is required and Pukekohe Travel will assist in obtaining this (NZD140)
  • Cambodian Visa issued on arrival (approx. USD30) each
    NB: Two passport-size photos are required for the Cambodian visa which is issued on arrival

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Climate / Temperatures

May / June in Indo China is summertime and it will be hot most of the time – max 35°c in Hanoi. We have planned rest time from the heat.
The hotels, coaches and the trains are air-conditioned.

Clothes

Lightweight, comfortable clothes are the order of the day – the laundry service in the hotels is inexpensive and efficient. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable sandals are a must. A scarf or pareu is handy for temples etc or for sun protection.
A small umbrella is great for rain showers or sunshade.

Water

Bottled water is available for purchase at all times.

Food

Fruit and vegetables are plentiful. Due to the colonial influence, bread is of very good quality. Meals are reasonably priced, the cost of Western style food is more expensive, but still reasonable. Beer is the best alcohol option, local and international brands are available – wine and spirits are relatively expensive.

Currency / Money

Vietnam - the Dong
Cambodia – Riel (Tourists only use USD)

These currencies are not available outside the three countries. US Dollar cash is widely used and the currency to travel with. ATM’s in Cambodia dispense USD

A budget of NZD50 per person per day will adequately cover extra meals, incidentals and tipping.

Shopping

The scope is huge: silk, linen, lacquer-ware, tailor made clothes, children’s clothes, shoes to name a few. Remember to leave home with no more than 12 to 15 kg of luggage!!

Hawkers are everywhere, follow the guide’s advice and be prepared to bargain or ignore.

Cultural

Photographic opportunities are plentiful – respect the local people and ask before taking photos.

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health and fitness is required, along with the ability to walk unaided on uneven, fairly steep surfaces is essential.


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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